Compact tractors

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by R.J., Aug 28, 2010.

  1. MudWalker

    MudWalker Long timer

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    Pink...............at the dealer, they had a used older one, my wife commented on the color.:lol3
  2. MudWalker

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    I spent yesterday afternoon at the orange dealer looking at the B3200 Hydro. By the time I left, we moved to the L3200 gear. What a machine, I'm gonna buy it tomorrow!:clap

    As it turns out, the L series gear (clutch) drive is less $ than the lighter B series hydro and is offered with a $1000 rebate.....more machine, less $. Leaving out the hydro drive adds a little more power for implements, so those big rocks I'm gonna be up against may just get moving. There is much digging to do this summer!

    Been wanting this for years now and it's finally happening.

    FEL and backhoe with a thumb!

    Not my photo, scarfed from the web.

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  3. Mister T

    Mister T On the dole

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    Heck of a nice machine. I'm seeing dollar signs though. How much?
  4. MudWalker

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    Less than one of these!:lol3

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    Pretty amazing when you look at it this way.

    But, about 30% more than I was budgeting................but, it should last til I need my own hole dug.:lol3
  5. pnhd65

    pnhd65 renaissance man

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    I've got an 1816, same series tractor, smaller engine. I'd recommend Mahindra to any one, I love mine and every time I use it I only wish I'd gotten it sooner. I think they have the best warranty out there. I've never had a bit of trouble with mine.
    They have higher lift capacity and weigh more than the competion for any other brand in the same category.
    Don't know what the loader problem is on the tractor mentioned, but it sounds like a problem with the control valve. Keep in mind, the attatchments such as the loader, aren't made by the tractor manufacturer, usually made by a third party.
    When I got mine, I had gotten some advice that you're probably better off looking for a reputable dealer within decent distance to your place, rather than the actual brand of tractor.
    All in all though, I couldn't be happier with mine and I'd recommend one to anybody.:freaky
  6. FPGT72

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    Personally I think in this day and age they are all pretty much the same. I am just pointing out the problems that he had.

    In the class of machine I was looking at it looked like it had a very heavy duty front end on the machine. But I just did not care for it...perhaps it was that guys problem in the back of my head. You know Ford guy vs Chevy guy.

    I really wanted the JD but there are a few things that just pushed me away. I wanted the grapple and the little Land Pride was made around the BX Kubota. I also liked the MF a great deal but only 1 dealer within 100 miles. LS and Kioti are the same problem....I really wanted at least 2 dealers inside of 50 miles....that really brought it down to Kubota, New Holland (LS), JD, and Mahendra.

    I have been real happy with the Kubota and as far as lifting I have lifted the butt of the tractor off the ground....so the power is there for what I need to do. (the backhoe was on as well)...really fricken shocked me, but I think it was the bumpy ground and I had it pretty high as branches and such hung out of the bucket and I kept running over them pulling more crap out of the bucket.

    I really wish I had video of that....I had my phone with me but that new Android OS is just killing my battery.


  7. MudWalker

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    The Mahindra dealer I met seemed great and has been there for ever although, he is new to this brand. I was compelled to look closely at them all and I did. I think after all is said and done, the key selling point for me is based on the potential resale value of Kubota. This machine is more than I need later but just what I need and can afford now. Down the road I see myself in a smaller machine that does everything. With resale in mind I had to back away from Mahindra as it's just not as well known as the Kubota and, the difference in price is only just over $2K. Oh, and, the Mahindra did not offer 0% financing.........1.99% was the best they would do.

    Lastly, as mentioned above, I have 3 Kubota dealers within 50 miles, one within 20. Only one Mahindra shop 30 mile drive............options are always good.

    It's good to hear you like your machine, thanks for posting to my question!:clap
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  9. MudWalker

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    Advice I got from my Kubota dealer yesterday:

    "If you are going to trade in your Kubota, first put it on Craigslist and ask $2000 more than it books for. If it's not sold in a week come in and talk to me."

    Amazing something that well used still holds roughly 1/4 of its original value........damn thing is at least 20 years old probably much more.

    That model was made from 1977-1997!
  10. CodeMonkee

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    5 series or 7 series loader?
  11. manganos

    manganos Let me pontificate.

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    I've had a few tractors. A Yanmar 1702d which was a great little grey market tractor. A Kubota BX22 with FEL and BH. Again an outstanding machine. Fit and finish was excellent!, a Kioti 3054 with FEL. Best bang for the buck! and finally a Mahindra 2516 with FEL. The tractor was decent but had a differential locking problem early on. Brought it to my local dealer "who I didn't buy from because they wanted almost 6000 more" and they sucked. I wouldn't let them work on my weedeater. So don't buy one from Watkins Equipment in Petersburg and you should be fine. Wallace Tractor and Equipment in PA has the best prices and service by far. I've bought a few things from him!!!
  12. Piston

    Piston Been here awhile

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  13. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator

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    I tell you what - I just wish I had enough land to need a compact tractor.

    That is all.
  14. broncobowsher

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    I have a tract home in a standard sub-division. I got a tractor just for the back yard landscaping. I could have rented, but I wanted a tractor to play with. As far as I know I am the only one in the area with a tractor. Actually looking forward to getting 20 tons of gravel delivered this fall.
  15. southforkspeedster

    southforkspeedster koolaidless

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    My little subcompact. Simple enough for Mrs. SFS to use. JD 2305. Love it!

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    You're not supposed to let them know that it's not work, now you'll never get to drive it.:deal
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    Now you can't say...man spent the day on the tractor...such hard work...don't tell my wife whatever you do.
  18. FPGT72

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    Compact vs. sub compact...what say you. This could be a poll if I was not so stupid.

    Having a little discussion over on one of the tractor sites I visit, about just what is a compact and what is a sub compact. In my book the machines like the JD1 series and the Kubota BX are sub compacts, where as machines like the JD 2 series and New Holland boomer 20-30 are compacts.

    No real big deal just wanted to get some thoughts from a few that are not so invested in the tractors. I think there is a pretty big size difference between a JD 1 and the 2 series, so they should be in different classes.

    On a side note my little machine has hit the magic 50hrs so I need to get the thing in for service...they said they are going pick it up for nothing. I am also thinking about picking up a new box blade, my old one is running out of things to weld to....and I am just tired of patching it. I have no idea who made the thing but it is old as dirt itself. Thinking of a little land pride BB.

    Also do any of you guys have a wood chipper. There are a few that I am looking at, Wallenstein, Canada woodchippers, and DR.

    Any of you guys have any....anymore I am a little leary about burning. And that would be a great deal of "free" chips.
  19. CodeMonkee

    CodeMonkee Geek Adventurer

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    That sounds about right - the B series seems "compact" to me, the BX series being closer to a lawn tractor size, so "sub-compact".

    The L Series maybe being "midi" to "utility" size - this is the size I am looking at. Noticed an L4610 locally with loader and backhoe (I need both) and I need the utility size for some of the work I need to do.
  20. CodeMonkee

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    As for burning vs. chipping, I have a BCS 100 connected to my BCS 730. I was toying with the idea of chipping - I would prefer it, but even with a major sized PTO driven chipper/shredder, which is not cheap, I would need multiple people feeding it for days to a week or two to get rid of the slash piles I have from the timber thinning I had done earlier this year - I have two house sized piles and three smaller piles.

    So I decided to burn them.

    Some of the piles have large stumps and larger wood in them that could not be chipped/shredded anyway.

    FWIW - you might want to rent a PTO chipper/shredder unless you have a lot of biomass to chip/shred.

    Also, these things are dangerous - watch yourself with them; they will grab a limb and yank it right in, along with your arm if you are not really careful. Even my small one scares me and I am very careful with it. It is one tool I won't loan out to neighbors because I don't want the liability.